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The Harrelson Lecture 2014: Inflammation and Chronic Diseases of Aging - Your Health and the Health of Your Patients

Course Closed Course Has Already Been Held
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 1:15pm
Credit: 4 hours
Location: UNC School of Dentistry
Cost: $100.00 Dentist
$50.00 Team Member
Sponsor: Periodontology


For many years physicians and dentists divided up diseases based on which part of the body exhibited dysfunction, pain, or physical abnormalities. In recent years evidence has accumulated showing that many diseases, especially the major chronic diseases of aging, are connected through common biological pathways, such that some diseases may develop together and one disease may influence another. Inflammation is one of the most powerful common pathways and has implications for you and your patients. The good news is that you can modify inflammation to improve your long term health and that of your patients.

The information presented at this educational activity should improve your ability to:
1. Describe the key elements of the future of healthcare.
2. Discuss which patients are more likely to become problem patients.
3. Describe what determines whether an individual over-produces inflammation.
4. Describe 3 ways one can decrease their inflammation levels.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kenneth Kornman is the Chief Executive Officer of Interleukin Genentics in Waltham, Massachusetts and Editor of the Journal of Periodontology. He was previously Professor and Chairman of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, retains academic appointments at Harvard and the University of Michigan dental schools, and is on the Board of Visitors of the Graduate School at Duke University. He has co-authored three textbooks and published over 125 research papers, including paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, and Human Molecular Genetics, and has lectured worldwide on the transfer of technology to clinical practice. His mentors were Sigurd Ramfjord and Harald Loe.